One of the most diverse regions of Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula is a spectacular coastal region that stretches from Frankston and through Mount Martha, Arthurs Seat and Rosebud all the way around Port Phillip Bay and to Sorrento. Boasting lush hinterland gardens, picturesque coastal views and rugged wilderness, there are a fantastic range of Mornington Peninsula attractions scattered throughout this popular holiday destination.
Featuring a Mediterranean atmosphere, some of the most popular Mornington Peninsula attractions are its olive groves, vineyards and historic country houses. Perfect for exploring at a leisurely pace, the region offers charming seaside villages, striking coastline and country roads with gorgeous views. A ferry operates from Western Port Bay to nearby French Island and Phillip Island while a vehicular ferry from Sorrento will take you to Queenscliff and the famous Great Ocean Road.
However there are a fantastic range of Mornington Peninsula attractions to discover before heading off to other parts of Victoria’s coastline. The region is home to over 50 cellar doors and these wineries are one of the most popular places to start for people visiting the Mornington Peninsula. Renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as more recently Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris varieties.
Just like the region’s fine wine, another of the famous Mornington Peninsula attractions is the gourmet food that the wineries attract. Whether you’re looking for hand-picked, locally made, home grown or fine dining the Mornington Peninsula has got cafes, restaurants and the perfect accompaniment to the region’s fine wine.
The beautiful outdoors of the Mornington Peninsula also beckons with 18 golf courses and some of the best natural golfing terrain in the world. There are also some fantastic scenic walks to be had including quiet beaches, thick bush and windswept cliff tops, particularly at historic Point Nepean. Part of the 25,000 hectare national park, Point Nepean is one of the most popular Mornington Peninsula attractions and offers war-era military installations up pedestrian and cycle paths to the tip of the point.
Other popular outdoor Mornington Peninusla attractions include swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, fishing, horse riding and swimming with dolphins and seals.